Lord Palmerston: the people’s champion

He may have become Prime Minister 150 years ago, but Lord Palmerston was, in many respects, a truly 21st-century politician. He was a vocal champion of liberty and adept at keeping the popular press onside. Yet, above all, Palmerston knew how to gauge public opinion and use it to his advantage, as Terry Jenkins explains

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784 - 1865), the British Liberal statesman who served almost continually as Prime Minister between 1855 and 1865, pictured circa 1860. (Photo by Herbert Fry/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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